Topic: Ashley Robinson
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October 15, 2013 at 9:00 AM
Series Note: The Storm was swept in the opening-round of the WNBA playoffs by Minnesota on Sept. 22. Game 2 was played at the Tacoma Dome due to a scheduling conflict at the team’s KeyArena court by one of its sponsors, Microsoft. Minnesota went on to win the WNBA championship as Seattle players dispersed to offseason destinations the following days after holding exit interviews with coaches and the media. This series will feature conversations from the 11-player roster.
The WNBA offseason won’t feel as long given news the league should generate on the business side. The league’s collective-bargaining agreement expired Sept. 30 and a new agreement will need to be in place before free-agency can open as tentatively slated in February. The 2014 WNBA schedule likely will be moved up to accommodate for the 2014 FIBA World Championships in Turkey from Sept. 27-Oct. 5.
Storm-wise, the team could remain the same in 2014. Here’s a conversation with C Ashley Robinson, who offered depth inside with C Lauren Jackson (hamstring) out due to offseason surgery. Robinson, 31, was added to the roster before the All-Star break after C Nakia Sanford didn’t produce on the court and opted not to be a short-term contract player. Able to play a 10th WNBA season, Robinson averaged 9.5 minutes in relief for posts Tina Thompson and Camille Little.
Seattle Times: You weren’t expecting to return to Seattle or the WNBA at all this season, how was the experience for 21 games?
Robinson: Cool. It could always be better, you know. It was a situation that wasn’t easy but I really tried to make the best of it and I wish we could have advanced in the playoffs. But I think this team exceeded all expectations and is a good team for the Storm organization to grow off of.
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